Saturday, December 20, 2014

12/19/2014 DB's Dailies: RM38&Aukai@RI, Kea@BH, Pohaku@Secrets, Haupu@WP, Benny@Makaha

While watching from above Eternity Beach at 0745 I saw Kea (RN46) come swimming into the ETB channel. He often does this during foraging, but whether or not he might have hauled out to ETB, was pretty much controlled by the professional photo shoot taking place right where he would have preferred to haul. He made no attempt to haul out, but instead moved to the entrance to the small cove on the Sandy Beach side of the Blowhole lookout at 0803. He would haul out to the cove at 0807, and remained there the rest of the day. Kea departed at 1746.

At 0945 I found what would prove to be Aukai (RL12) at the log, amongst the Morning Glory, 40 ft left of 1BS on Rabbit Island.

 At 1012 on a pan I found RM38 hauling out to the far left end of the beach. He began to move up, and Aukai began to move down. They would spend the rest of the day a mid beach. There was never any observed interaction.

Team Billand called at 0645 with the report of Pohaku (RO28) at Secrets. She was still there when they had to depart for two additional calls, at 1130.

At 1140 they called to advise that they were responding to a call of an animal at White Plains. When they arrived at 1149 they found Haupu (RB24) at Tower#1, White Plains. An 1830 text from Dana advised that Natalia had reported Haupu’s departure and that another U/U had arrived at 1630, but no ID was possible. Awaiting photos. The 1140 call had also advised of an animal at Lanikohonua, KoOlina. Shortly thereafter the Billands were advised that the animal had departed.

 Ocean Safety called at 1514 with a report of an animal at Makaha. The Billands called Debbie to go, and at 1548 Debbie confirmed that it was Benny (RE74).

Team Billand found an animal at Maili Pt, at 1642 but the rough surf and lousy observation conditions made an ID impossible. Hopefully, Barbara’s shots confirmed the Kolohe (RW22) ID.

 KEA doing a swim by
 he looks soooo little
 Benny at Makaha
 it's always unnerving seeing tire tracks on the beach...
 Kolohe @ Maili

 Pohaku at White Plains

1 comment:

Da Barbara said...

Miss Pohaku was found at 6:45am @ Secret Beach KoOlina.

We were walking in the path towards Secrets and met up with an old time friend...LINDA STENTAN. We three walked down to Secrets and in the dark, saw a large seal, snoozing close to the Naupaka...Pohaku R028.

Linda and us guys put out the ropes and signs...educated folks.

Linda had to leave, we stayed from 6:45am to 11:30am..lots of visitors who needed to get to Paradise Cove to see the TURTLES.

Pohaku was very close to the Naupaka, but we opened the path up so...EVERYONE could go to the OTHER SIDE. She was alert.

Finally she moved closer to the waters edge, sort of. She then snuggled in between rocks to rest.

Miss Pohaku then, climbed over the rocks, very slowly, to the sandy part and stayed right there on our observation. She is an amazing seal, folks never saw her in between the rocks.

11:30am Rob and I decided to leave for a break...but we got other we went to Plains first.

There she was, our Malasada, Miss Haupu, near Tower One, snoozing away as if she was there all day long. Lifeguards put out the zone for us as folks were much too close to her when she hauled out. They used their Mega Phone to get folks BACK.

Called Miss Dana, who said No volunteers coming but..she was working on it.

From 11:48am to 3:30pm we sat with Haupu who barely MOved the entire time.

2:10pm Miss Tammy a new volunteer came for her first seal watch. We tried to teach her the ropes. Dana said, a Natalia was coming also.

3:15pm Got another call of a seal haul out in Makaha. I know we wouldnt make it out there in time, so, I called the Makaha Warrior, DEBBIE. She and Christina went out, made the ID, BENNY RE74, put the signs out. Miss Debbie stayed till 6:30pm with DA BENNY. THANKS DEB and she said...BENNY REMAINS ON SHORE in the dark.

On our way out to Makaha, we saw another seal...pulled over and found what we thought to be..KOLOHE RW22, on the rocks, resting. THe sun was glaring, the salt spray bad with the strong winds. It was tuff to make the id, but I really think it was ... KOLOHE.

By 5pm..we were...DEAD. We did not make it out to Makaha, and DEB took care of we called it a day.

Thanks for the help with Pohaku Terri...thanks to Tammy and NATALIA with their watch with Haupu.

I hear Haupu left but another seal came a shore, I wonder if it was Buster or.....RIP. Late in the day...could be either one. We know it wasnt BENNY.

Prayers to Eileen and Sonnie!